BIS has published the government’s response to the consultation on devolving Sunday trading rules to local areas. The government proposes to devolve the power to extend Sunday trading laws in England (which limit them to six hours, with exceptions) to local councils and the mayors of London and Manchester.

The changes are likely to result in some shops being allowed to open for longer. At present, shop workers in large shops are permitted to opt-out of working Sundays by giving three months’ notice to their employers. This will be reduced to one month. Where an employment tribunal finds that an employer failed to notify a shop worker of their right to opt out, they will be entitled to a minimum of two weeks’ pay.

The government intends to implement its proposals as amendments to the Enterprise Bill and are expected to come into force in Autumn 2016.